MATH.4190 Section 201 (SIS # 9052) meets MWF, 1:00-1:50, Classroom: TBA.
Prof. Kenneth M. Levasseur
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office Hours: http://faculty.uml.edu/klevasseur/courses/schedule_fall.html
- The only costly item you need for the course is a good computer. Any standard OS (Windows, Mac, Linux) will be fine. It would also be feasible to take the course owning a Raspberry Pi Computer, although the range of capabilities with it would be different and I don't recommend this unless you have quite a bit of computer expertise. It's unclear whether we will have a lab in which to meet for the semester. If not, having a laptop you could bring along would be convenient, but not absolutely necessary.
- Mathematica - The good news is that UML has a site license, so all students get it free, even if you are not taking this course. Download information.
- That's all, but there is a free online text An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language. It's also available in print. This won't be used as a text, only a suggested resource, of which there are likely to be others.
There are no formal prerequisites. All that is needed is an interest learning mathematics through computing. You'll be expected to do a project that builds on some prior math course that you've taken. Note: This project would not satisfy the Senior Seminar requirement for math majors, but could be a good way to explore possible future projects.
The Three Phases of the Course
Phase 1 (Weeks 1 - 5)
- Become familiar with the basic features of Mathematica.
- Start to think about possible project topics.
Phase 2 (Weeks 6 - 8)
- Learn more Mathematica
- Select a project topic and start working on the project
- Submit a project outline by November 2
Phase 3 (Weeks 9 - 13)
- Learn specialized topics of Mathematica that apply to your topic.
- Complete a preliminary version of the final project (by December 1).
- Complete the final project based on feedback.
- Give a short presentaion of your project to the class on the date of the final exam.
Topics by Week
See the Blackboard site for this course.